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5 ways to spot a Phishing Site from a Mile Away

Phishing, not to be confused with fishing but is similar to it in a way, is a method of obtaining sensitive information such as account details and credit card details by planting malware in websites, emails, and programs. This malware would then be used to either control your computer remotely or hack into your accounts. In this article, we will show you how to spot them.

1. Spelling and Grammar

Cyber Criminals wouldn’t take the time to double check spelling and grammar on the e-mails or messages they would send, as their goal is to send these out in mass. If ever you encounter an email or message filled with mistakes there is a chance it might be a scam. Some of these emails may also have generic greetings addressed to a group of people. Professional companies like Google or Facebook would usually have editors to check out their messages, and would be quick to correct them should there be any mistakes.

2. Links on emails and messages

Never click on links in suspicious emails or messages instead double check these links. Hover your mouse over it and check if the address that pops-up is the same as the address in the link. If they’re different, then you would most probably be either redirected to a phishing site or it would download malware once you click it. Most of these messages will come in the form of offers like discount coupons at a diner or some beauty product.

3. Threats or Warnings

One of the most famous methods of phishing used by cybercriminals is to put fear into their victim’s minds. Some of the messages and emails they send would have a threat or warning. The most common threats they send out is related to your accounts. They would say that they detected suspicious activity on it or it might get deleted and if you don’t respond there would be consequences. Sometimes they would also ask you to sign an application to prevent the closure of your account or even make you pay a certain amount to rescind their threat. Don’t do any of these as it is their way of getting your personal information and credit card or bank details.

4. Urgency

In conjunction with threat or warnings, Phishing messages and emails would have a sense of urgency in them. To add up to your stress, they would make you think that whatever happened requires immediate attention.

5. Requests for personal information

The most common method cybercriminals use to phish out information is by sending out requests. They would either send out messages with generic greetings or mimic a well-known company or brand to trick you into giving out your information. These requests might come in the form of applications or sign-ups.

Always be mindful of the messages you receive on the internet. Stay calm and collected when you receive warnings, instead of replying to the email directly try contacting the customer support of the company or brand that the message might be mimicking. And, we cannot stress this enough, never provide your personal information unless you are sure that whoever you’re dealing with is a trusted company or personnel. We’re working on a series of guides and internet safety tips for our #makeITsafePH series in partnership with Globe so bookmark this page for our weekly feature.

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Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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5 Responses

  1. Metric Wins says:

    stop being pretentious. this is a Philippine website catering mostly to Filipinos with local content. and you use miles instead of kilometers? stupid.

    • Carl Lamiel says:

      Mile is grammatically acceptable when it’s used as a title and in figurative. Please also note that imperial measurements are simultaneously used here: most of us use inches in rulers and tape measures, and we measure our height by feet-inches. We even measure body lengths and circumferences in inches. Our measurement system is quite confusing, isn’t it?

      I highly suggest that you stop calling our fellow writers that word for the sake of your corrective assumption because you pretend that only metric systems exist in the Philippines.

  2. mm says:

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